Liverpool Just like his students, George Mangicaro does his homework.
Whether it’s a football opponent or a job candidate, 71-year-old George Mangicaro prepared for everything like it was a battle.
When Mangicaro applied for the head football coaching position at Liverpool High School in 1980, he said he knew all the teams in Liverpool’s league, the entire team roster and even the game scores.
And 34 years later, Mangicaro, who coached LHS for 20 years and served as athletic director for 14 years, decided to retire from the school where he made a name for himself.
“I’ve been blessed to have really good coaches,” Mangicaro said. “I inherited a great football program when I came to Liverpool. And when I became athletic director, I inherited a great athletic program. It was relatively easy for me.”
Mangicaro grew up in an environment where sports were paramount. At an early age, his father, Russ got him involved in Little League baseball as a player and then a coach.
“I wasn’t a very good athlete,” Mangicaro said. “But I enjoyed sports.”
At his father’s grocery store in Syracuse, Mangicaro said customers and friends of his father watched boxing matches in the back room and argued about sports.
“I kind of grew up in that environment,” he said. “And I enjoyed it.”
It was there that a friend of his father’s suggested Mangicaro go to Ithaca College to study physical education. Mangicaro applied, was accepted, and went on to receive a bachelor’s degree in physical education, as well as master’s in physical education from Syracuse University and a master’s in health education from Cortland State.
After teaching and coaching football in Central New York for 27 years, Mangicaro almost left the area for a head coaching job at North Las Vegas High School. But he was convinced to stay, and ended up applying for and hired as athletic director at Liverpool a year later, in 1993.